Having lived in the South East all her life and worked in pharmaceuticals & distribution; Liz fell in love with Hutchinghayes in 2014 when looking for a change of lifestyle. Liz, along with her beloved dogs and pigs, loves the tranquillity & solitude of such a beautiful place through the changing seasons and thoroughly enjoys sharing her unique surroundings with everyone who stays at Hutchinghayes.
I moved from Reigate nearly 2 years ago now, my late husband & I wanted a change and we wanted to move to Devon - we saw the house and fell in love with it and thought, that’s the house for us! We bought it in the eight weeks flat and arrived down here on a very, very cold day at the end of January.
The very first moment when we turned off the main road down this little drive which I thought was the drive to the house but it was actually a lane which led down before turning right towards the entrance at the bottom and I just said “Wow, oh my God” and then as I started walking around I couldn’t stop saying “oh my God”! And what happened when you walked into the garden? The gardens for me are definitely the best part of it, I absolutely love them, the house is beautiful and I love the house too but for me the gardens are my passion and that’s where I spend a lot of my time. You can’t have a house and gardens as wonderful as this without lots of work. It’s a lot of effort but it’s well worth it and I hope to continue and improve the gardens over the coming years.
Yes, four dogs - two very lively Springer Spaniels called Tilly and Evie, both black and white Springers - Tilly is 7 and Evie is 6 and they live out in the stables but they’ve got a lovely big run for themselves and have a great time here. From being town dogs to moving to the countryside and enjoying three walks a day in the bottom fields, they have a lovely life! I’ve also got a Cocker Spaniel called Lucy and a little character of a Schnauzer called Luca – he’s only three and got attitude!
So, I go the back way past our rescue pig called “Honey” – the same routine every day, I feed the pig and the dogs wait very patiently until I feed the geese and ducks too before going on down. They all wait very patiently while Honey, the geese and the ducks are all fed and then they are let off the lead and dash straight into the stream. then all the way round and back up.
Every month is a favourite time of year. The house comes into its own with roaring log fires and the cosy Aga and it’s always toasty warm and there’s three big wood burners, you can’t fail to be warm in the winter. In the summer, the conservatory doors are wide open looking out over the lawn and the visiting Canadian geese who arrive in April and leave at the end of August. I don’t think I’ve got a favourite time of year, it’s always changing and there’s always something to see and the gardens always look beautiful whatever the time of year.
I have a secret spot but I can’t possibly divulge where that is! No, I’m just kidding, the boathouse house has to be the favourite. The view from the boathouse at any time of the year is beautiful and looking down at the fish as they swim to the surface to sunbathe when the sun is shining, is just magical.